Chicken of the Woods Wild Mushrooms

September 20, 2014

Fall is a great time to forage Chicken of the Woods mushrooms.  The bright orange fan shaped mushroom grow like frilly shelves from the side of trees and stand out like a flag.  Last year we found a huge clutch of them exploding from a downed tree at Lake Maria State Park in Minnesota.   Read more ›

Fresh Herb Bacon

September 15, 2014

When we got our half hog from Snake River Farm Minnesota, it came with the largest pork belly I’ve yet seen from our own pig.  This baby was 10 plus pounds, enough for two batches of bacon.  Yahoo!  I let the belly languish in my freezer for almost a year before finally hauling it out to defrost.  I tend to delay making bacon until the fall because there’s bacon, we eat it immediately. Read more ›

Fermented Corn Relish

September 3, 2014

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of presenting and cooking at our local Linden Hills Farmer’s Market as part of their Chef Guru series, produced by Kitchen in the Market.  The topic was what to do with the season’s abundance of corn, tomatoes and zucchini.  My immediate thought was lacto-fermented vegetables which require no cooking at all. Read more ›

Pluot Riesling Sangria and Jam

August 23, 2014

Pluots are a lovely plum/apricot hybrid stone fruit that pop up in markets in early to mid summer. More plum than apricot, they come in a wide variety of jeweled colors from black purple to pink to coral to yellow. The intensely sweet fruits hold up well in fruit salads, pies, and sangria. Oh, the sangria. And thus begins my story. Read more ›

Savory Kale Scones

August 16, 2014

Oh kale, such a healthful, nutritious, easy to grow green.  It’s good for me.  It ups the nutrient quality of my diet.  It’s versatile in cooking and good raw.  Bla bla bla.  Frankly, I’m bored with kale, the poster-child hipster vegetable.  Naturally, I have loads of it in my garden.  I’ve packed it into eggs, sautés, salads, etc.  What’s a bored girl to do? Read more ›

New Chicks in Town

August 11, 2014

If you’ve been following me on Mother Earth News or social media, you already know my big family news for the year.  We have chickens.  Bock bock!!  It was an epic journey building the coop, getting the Minneapolis chicken license and finding our chicks.  Now they are well into their teens months and should start laying eggs in September.   Read more ›

Coriander Flower Liqueur

August 1, 2014

Volunteer coriander is taking over my garden!  Coriander is another name for cilantro.  The seeds must be bulletproof because they survive our deep freeze winters and sprout immediately in spring.  Every year we try eat as much cilantro as possible, but invariably, it gets away from me, reseeding my entire garden plot.  This year I have a different plan of attack. This year I let it all go, then harvested the tiny flowers to make Coriander Flower Liqueur. Read more ›

Home-Cured Gravlox

July 28, 2014

Since moving to Minnesota summer has taken on newfound importance for me. It’s a short, intense season that’s not to be missed. I savor every moment I can, particularly the lingering evenings where the sun never seems to set. On nice nights I like to pull cold picnic food from the fridge, pair it with bread, fruit, add a bottle of wine, and call it dinner. That’s where gravlox comes in. It’s the easiest charcuterie you’ll ever make, and you never have to turn on your oven. Read more ›

How to Freeze Strawberries

July 21, 2014

My strawberry patch at Dowling Community Garden in Minneapolis has been under construction for years. Wrong location, wrong variety, wrong soil, not enough water, it was soooo frustrating! This year all that hard work finally paid off. Loads of compost and manure combined with heavy spring rains made my strawberry patch go BOOM. I had strawberries coming out of our ears! Read more ›

Home-Brewed Pineapple Vinegar

July 14, 2014

My family enjoys living a frugal life-style when we can.  We recycle packaging, compost food scraps, feed our leftover brewing grain to our chickens and upcycle scrap wood and household items into other creations (like our chicken coop.)  Food waste is a growing issue in the world and it bothers me when I throw away food of any kind, even if it goes into the compost.  Enter pineapple vinegar.  It is made primarily from the leftover peel and core Read more ›

Rhubarb Plum Fruit Leather

July 10, 2014

Our summer rains have made my rhubarb patch something out of Jurassic Park.  The stalks are big and heavy things, mostly dripping with rain or dew.  While I am a huge rhubarb pie fan, my daughter is rather luke warm on the whole “pie plant” idea.  It’s not that I’m trying to get my kid to eat her vegetables – she’s is a fantastic eater.  I just don’t want this great seasonal veggie to go to waste.  Enter, fruit leather.   Read more ›

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